I am sure many would agree but Sweden births some of the best metal bands from Marduk to Dark Tranquillity and everything in between. The symphonic metal quintet known as Eleine is no different as this is some unique, seductive and addictive metal here. Since their debut full length back in 2015 and their sophomore album in 2018 (which hit #1 on Swedish sales charts), the group have only been going up and proving they are a force to reckoned with. Back in November of last year, they released their third full length titled Dancing In Hell and this sees Eleine step into a darker and heavier realm and embrace a more gothic metal sound.
There are a lot of strong points that Eleine has perfected with this album. The haunting touch of orchestrals that dance over vocalist Madeleine “Eleine” Liljestam’s beautiful singing mixed with the otherworldly growls and epic guitar riffs by Rikard Ekberg flow effortlessly. There are touches of melodic death metal, a pinch of black metal and a lot of gothic and symphonic metal influence heard frequently in these tracks. Tracks such as Where Your Rotting Corpse Lie (W.Y.R.C.L.), As I Breathe, and Die From Within all present a catchy, headbang-worthy and memorable approach and it is easy to see why six out of the eleven tracks on this album are singles. The beauty and the beast vocal dynamic is flawless, the songwriting is flawless, the production and overall quality is what you would expect out of such a professional band as Eleine.
I don’t think I can praise Dancing In Hell enough as personally, I am very picky when it comes to listening to any symphonic metal band because some become very operatic and some have a vocalist that just can not hit those notes we’ve come to take for granted by singers like Floor Jansen, Sharon den Adel and Simone Simons. Eleine definitely is a band I can see why they have received such great reviews and headlined all across Europe and Asia. This is a perfect mix of beauty and heaviness. If you are a fan of Epica, Delain, Xandria or just amazing symphonic metal then give this album a listen and I’m sure you will keep it on repeat.
Overall Score: 10/10
Review by Neil Andersen